Students who choose the commercial photography major learn to operate their own commercial photography studio or work for one, and prepare for other professions such as photo editor, photo retoucher, photographic assistant, and other fields of visual and graphic communication and applied arts. Students learn the principles of film and digital photography and other digital imaging technologies. Courses focus on proper exposure for digital images, studio and location lighting, and post-production, including editing, retouching, and compositing.
Students learn business and creativity skills through this interdisciplinary program, which includes courses in entrepreneurship, marketing, copyright law, client relations, art and design, and creative problem solving. Students also will learn new technologies in digital image management, graphics production and workflow, in addition to specific genres of photographs, such as still life, wedding and event photography, product, portrait and corporate.